Eleanor L. Worley of Estes Park, Colorado passed away December 28, 2009 at the Estes Park Medical Center.
Eleanor Louise Masters was born October 29, 1922 in Atkinson, Nebraska to John Grant Masters and Helena (Hungenberg) Masters and was raised in the Sand Hills area of NE. She graduated from Wood Lake High School and the following fall enrolled in Bishop Clarkson School of Nursing in Omaha, NE. Eleanor married Maurice C. Worley on January 30th, 1943 in Valley, NE. She graduated as a Registered Nurse in the fall of 1943.
Eleanor worked as a Nursing Supervisor at Clarkson Hospital until the spring of 1946 when her husband returned from the military service. They moved to Lincoln, NE where Maurice enrolled in the University of Nebraska. She worked as a nurse at Lincoln General Hospital and following her husband’s graduation they moved to Omaha where she returned to work at Clarkson Hospital.
In Omaha, Eleanor was active in a group who were learning to oil paint and this passion continued through the years. She also became an accomplished china painter. She loved to cook and entertain. She read recipes as if they were a novel and cinnamon rolls and pies were but a few of her specialties. Eleanor also did the daily crossword puzzle with a pen! Her other passion was fishing on the banks of Lake Estes. She was also an avid bird watcher and enjoyed all the wild life that roamed the area.
In 1971, the family purchased a vacation condominium at the Fairway Club in Estes Park and moved to Estes permanently in the fall of 1974. The following spring the Elizabeth Knutsson Memorial Hospital was dedicated and Eleanor soon joined the Guild and started volunteering at the Guild Thrift Shop. She soon became a co-manager and then manager and saw the guild out grow two locations. The combination of sales through the annual Holiday House and daily sales at the thrift store resulted in gifts in excess of $100,000 that were given to the Hospital for special needs in the form of equipment. Eleanor also served as a co-chair of the guild committee that granted educational scholarships for continuing education in the health field. She resigned her position in 1983 thus ending 10 years of service to the Guild Shop. At one point Eleanor had the distinction of the most volunteer hours at the Guild. Eleanor was a Charter Member of the United Methodist Church of Estes Park where she served on a number of committees and was deeply involved in the Church.
Eleanor is survived by her daughter Patricia (Ray) Defa of Denver, CO and son David Worley of Lake Forest, CA. She is also survived by brother-in-law Jean Worley of Ralston, NE; sister-in-law Clarice Denis and husband Elmer of Kansas City, MO; sister-in-law Geneva Worley of Naples, FL; sister-in-law Marilyn Worley of Lincoln, NE; brother-in-law Peter Ungar of Scarsdale, NY and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Maurice C. Worley on September 14, 2009. She was also preceded in death by her parents and brothers Leo and Richard Masters.
A memorial service will be held in Estes Park in the spring.
Memorial contributions can be made in Eleanor’s name to Estes Park Medical Center Foundation in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 1302 Graves Ave., Estes Park, CO 80517.
See www.allnutt.com for Eleanor’s on-line obituary and to send a message to the family.